By John Berryman
A wild, masterful Pulitzer Prize'winning cycle of poems that part a century later nonetheless shocks and astounds
John Berryman used to be infrequently unknown whilst he released 77 Dream Songs, however the quantity used to be, however, a surprise and a revelation. A 'spooky' assortment within the phrases of Robert Lowell--"a maddening paintings of genius."
As Henri Cole notes in his based, perceptive advent, Berryman had chanced on "a looser sort that combined low and high dictions with an odd syntax." Berryman had additionally came upon his such a lot enduring adjust ego, a paranoid, passionate, depressed, under the influence of alcohol, irrepressible antihero named Henry or, occasionally, Mr. Bones: "We contact at definite points," Berryman claimed, of Henry, "But i'm a precise human being.''
Henry is probably not genuine, yet he comes alive at the web page. And whereas the main recognized of the Dream Songs starts, “Life, buddies, is boring,” those poems by no means are. Henry lusts: seeing a girl “Filling her compact & scrumptious physique / with fowl páprika” he can slightly restrain himself: “only the very fact of her husband & 4 folks / saved me from springing on her.” Henry despairs: “All the realm like a woolen lover / as soon as did look on Henry’s aspect. / Then got here a departure.” Henry, petrified of his personal violent urges, consoles himself: “Nobody is ever missing.”
77 Dream Songs received the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, yet Berryman’s formal and emotional innovations—he cracks the language open, creates a brand new idiom within which to precise everlasting feelings—remain as alive and rapid this present day as ever.
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Un fabricant de pots, bier dam le quartler, Vo peu d'argile en main, poursuivit son metier. Or, je vis de mes yeux ( tant pis pour les aveugles Les condres de mon pere en lea mains du poller. I) Gt Ah, with the Grope my fading Lile provide· And wash my Body whence the life hos died, And in a Windingsheet of Vine-leaf wrapt, So bury me by some sweet Gorden-side FitzGerold 0 teure Genossen vom Trinkerorden, Gelb wie Bernstein isl mein Antlilz geworden, Bringt Wein um es Wieder zu beleben Und den Wangen gesunde Rote zu geben.
77 Dream Songs by John Berryman